Next Regular Meeting

Mon March 19th @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Next Testing Session

Mon Mar 19th, 2018 6:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Next Club Event

DBARA Tailgate Party
Sat Apr 7th, 2018 8:00 am
(To be announced)

Club Repeater Listings



Dear DBARA Club Members,

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

As your DBARA Treasurer, I'm writing to remind you of our next meeting this coming Monday, and to express my sincere desire to see you all there. We had a great turn-out for our first annual meeting in January and I hope we can keep up the momentum.

Please let this also serve as a gentle reminder that, if you have not already done so, you should pay your annual dues to renew your membership and maintain your voting privileges. As spelled out in our By-Laws, members should pay their dues by March 1st to remain active, voting members of our club. At the same time, thank you to the many members who paid their dues before the last meeting; I'll have your receipts for you at the welcome table Monday night.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions!

73, Linda S., N9LHS
DBARA Treasurer

SARL President to meet Bouvet DXpedition team in Cape Town

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL will meet with the crew of the Bouvet Island DXpedition in Cape Town today during a function arranged by the local radio amateurs.

The DXpedition had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions making it impossible to fly with a helicopter to land on the island.

Their ship suffered an engine failure and it was decided with only one engine operating to sail for Cape Town as that was the closest safe destination.

The South African Radio League

SARL Digital Contest next Sunday

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The aim of the SARL Digital contest on Sunday 25 February is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the FT8 / RTTY modes.

The contest is open to all radio amateurs in Southern Africa and runs from 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC with activity between 3 580 to 3 600 kHz, 7 040 to 7 060 kHz and 14 070 to 14 099 kHz.

A station may be contacted twice on each band once on RTTY, once on FT8. The exchange is a RSQ report and the first 4 digits of your grid square e.g. KG30.
Contacts with stations in Areas 1 to 7 are worth 3 points.
Contacts with stations in the rest of the world are worth 1 point.
Area 1 to 6 equals ZS1 to ZS6, Area 7 is Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, St Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha Island, SANAE base, Reunion Island, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte and the Comoros.

Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet and labelled "my call sign Digital Contest,"...

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 9th February, through Friday, 16th February there were 227 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4,...

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Mason was a lifelong radio amateur from Seattle who was an active ARRL National Traffic System participant and manager. In 1923, he relocated to Connecticut to serve as an editor of the ARRL’s journal, QST. Mason’s first polar experience was as a radio operator with the Wilkins-Detroit News Arctic expedition that traversed the North Pole by air in 1928. This led to his selection by Byrd to be a radio engineer with...

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today!


IARU Secretary Presents ARRL Antenna Book CD During Visit to Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

On February 2, former ARRL CEO and current IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, and his wife Linda, KA1ZD, paid a courtesy visit to the National Headquarters of Cuba’s Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba (FRC) in Havana (easy to spot, he said, because of CO2FRC’s 80-foot tower with an 8-element log periodic antenna for 14 – 30 MHz and wire antennas for the lower bands).

They were received by FRC President Pedro Rodríguez, CO2RP, and other board members, as well as members of the Havana branch and other associates. Bob Ibarra, CO2KL, served as interpreter.

Sumner praised the work of the FRC in disaster communications and congratulated the organization on its new website, He also commented on the consistent support of the Cuban administration for Amateur Radio in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forums.

Before leaving, the Sumners presented the FRC with a CD version of The ARRL Antenna Book...

W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

A staff of four control operators experienced in special event station operation will oversee the activity. The list of “celebrity” operators will include Gordon West, WB6NOA; ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA; Vice Director Ned Sterns AA7A, and convention featured speaker Craig McVeay, N0CSM, one of the volunteer Amateur Radio operators deployed to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane relief.

A video crew from “Ham Nation,” hosted by Bob Heil, K9EID, will cover the activities. — Thanks to Arizona SM Rick Paquette, W7RAP

A44A cancels youth participation in CQWW 160m contest

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Upcoming ARISS contact with University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines on 17 Feb.

The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:23 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and DX1ISS. The contact should be audible over the Phillippines and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The UP Integrated School (est. 1976) is the laboratory school of the UP College of Education. It offers an integrated curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It is one of the country's pioneer integrated schools and has been offering an integrated curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 10 since its inception until the mandatory implementation of the Department of Education's K-12 program in 2012. The UPIS is the product of the merging of...

N4DAB Special Event Station

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Daytona Beach CERT is running a special event station for the 60th Daytona 500. N4DAB will have a HF station running from Wednesday February 14 to Sunday February 18. The event will end at start of race 2:30pm.

For More information

Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Daytona 500 2018 Net

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

This Sunday February 18 the Daytona 500 will be at the International Speedway. The race is set to start at 2:30 pm. Starting at 3 pm we will start a simplex net on 145.555. At the start of net we will ask for relay station. If you would like to be a relay station please contact net control. For those unaware what a relay station is a relay station listens to net control and when NCS is finished calling for stations will then have a relays station ask for stations and relay the stations heard to net control.

After all stations have been checked in we will move back to 147.240 T123 and ask for stations that could not check in. After the simplex net has closed we will start a open net. The open net will run till the race has ended.

Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

February 10th, 2018 by AJ4MQ


The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones. ARRL began offering its Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts in 2016. The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the patch at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels and provides a platform for participants to learn about wireless technology, including Amateur Radio, and to inspire girls to learn the fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology. It also prompts participants totake action in their communities to apply their newfound knowledge toconnect people, provide safety, and to kindle...

New DBARA Board meeting location

February 9th, 2018 by KS4GD

Starting Saturday March 3, 2018 at 1000L the DBARA Board meetings will be held at the:

Daytona Beach Police Department
129 Valor Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
This new location will provide much needed additional space for our board meetings.  The additional space will also accommodate club members wishing to attend any of the board meetings.
Below is a map showing the location of the meeting. A room number and additional information will be provided before the meeting.


Jon Rutledge KS4GD

HamCation 2018

February 8th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Event Information

HamCation 2018

All the information you need to attend HamCation 2018 is on these pages. We have location information, hours of operation, driving directions, local hotels & motels, along with a list of other area attractions. For any additional infor or questions please feel free to contact us.

Location, Date & Time

Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32808

February 9, 2018 | 9AM to 5PM
February 10, 2018 | 9AM to 5PM
February 11, 2018 | 9AM to 2PM

Get Directions


Possible Summer Field Day 2018 Site Photos

February 7th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Here are some images of Hammock Park the potential Summer Field Day 2018 Site

SpaceX Falcon Heavy – Launch Successful. Land rocket landings successful!

February 6th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Fantastic launch and return of 2 of the 3 engine sections on land. no word on Barge yet

They had 2 different live views on the same YouTube feeds!

Fourth Annual DBARA Tailgate Party

February 4th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

[ABORTED] 3Y0Z – Bouvet 2018

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

FEBRUARY 3 @ 21:30z — During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition. [Co-leaders K0IR, K4UEE, LA6VM]

FEBRUARY 1 @ 22:00z — Hal, W8HC reports the ship moved to the NE side of the island earlier today to get some [WX] relief. He also mentions:



SkyWarn Training Feb 27th at Volusia EOC

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award for the year 2018.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.

Criteria -
Candidates for the award may be one or more of the following:
• Authors of publications related to CW
• CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors
• Public advocates of CW
• Organizers of CW activities
• Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
• Other contributors to the art or practice of CW
Note: The award is not limited to amateur radio operators and organizations.

Nominations may be made by anybody (not limited to CWops members). Nominations should be emailed to <> with a copy to <> .

In order to be considered,...

ARISS contact planned for school in Batesville, Arizona, USA

February 1st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Joe Acaba KE5DAR with Central Magnet Math & Science ES/Batesville School District, Batesville, Arizona.

The event is scheduled on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at approximately 16.42 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD in Northern Italy.

The contact should be audible in parts of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink.

School Information:
Central Magnet Elementary is located in Batesville, Ark. The school?s magnet theme is math and science. We are a grade K through 6 school with about 359 students. In addition to classroom learning, students explore math and science in the school's computer lab and STEM lab. Students in our school have recently won competitions in robotics.

We also host a science fair. Every fall, our 5th grade class attends a field trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This field trip...

NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk at the International Space Station

February 1st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Two veteran Russian cosmonaut spacewalkers will venture outside the International Space Station on Friday, Feb. 2, for a planned 6.5-hour station servicing session. Live coverage of the spacewalk will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 9:45 a.m. EST.

Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are set to float out of the space station’s Pirs docking compartment airlock in Russian Orlan spacesuits at 10:34 a.m.

Clad in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Aug. 22, 2013, during Expedition 36. On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, Misurkin will participate in the fourth spacewalk of his career. Credits: NASA

Misurkin and Shkaplerov’s primary objectives during the spacewalk will be to remove and jettison an electronics box for a high-gain communications...

Winter Field Day 2018 Photos

January 30th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR will be attending the 2018 Orlando HamCation

January 30th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

American Radio Relay League President Rick Roderick, K5UR will be attending the 2018 Orlando HamCation. Come see Rick and the rest of the ARRL Staff attending HamCation in the Expanded ARRL Booth in Orlando.…/arrl-to-offer-expanded-orlando-hamcat…

3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team Has Some 600 Nautical Miles to Go

January 30th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

[UPDATE: At 1605 UTC on January 29, the 3Y0Z team was reported 370 nautical miles from Bouvet Island.] The 3Y0Z DXpedition, now on board the Betanzos en route to Bouvet Island, the third most-wanted DXCC entity (now behind Kosovo and North Korea), is still some 600 nautical miles from its destination. The DXpedition had been hoping to be up and running by this week.

“We had another night of rocking and rolling,” team leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, reported today. “A strong southwesterly wind produced high following seas, resulting in the stern of the ship rising on the approaching wave or swell, the ship surfing down the front of the wave, and the bow plunging into the wave ahead of it. The change in motion produced a change in the migratory pattern of gear and furniture, but the chaotic end results were similar to our last rough ride. Entropy exists.”

Fedor said over the weekend that the team had not restored its...

NASA TV to air live coverage of rare lunar eclipse

January 30th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Sky-gazers are in for a rare treat Wednesday, Jan. 31, when three celestial events combine to create a super blue blood moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST.

Weather permitting, the broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.

This event offers a rare opportunity to see a supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse at the same time. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and appears about 14 percent brighter than usual. As the second full moon of the month, this moon is also commonly known as a blue moon, though it will not be blue in appearance. The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow and...

IRTS QSL Outwards Manager

January 30th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Important reminder that Tony Baldwin EI8JK is stepping aside as QSL Outwards Manager after many years of sterling service. The Irish Radio Transmitters Society is indebted to him for all his work and sends him sincerest thanks.

Dave O'Connor EI6AL has agreed to take up the position in addition to his many other commitments to IRTS.

Full contact details are on the QSLs page which is to be found under Services on the IRTS web site.

Kosovo celebrates entry in DXCC list

January 29th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

DXCC newest entity is very active on the bands to celebrate its entry on the DXCC list and celebrating Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence (February, 2008).

An international team has been invited to Kosovo, and is now active as Z60A. The team consists of DL3DXX, OH0XX, OH1MA, OH2BH, OH3JR, OZ1IKY, S50A and S51F, along with locals Z61DX, Z61FF, Z61VB, Z62FB and Z63DBB.

Additional locals are behind this activity as well, and a new 2nd week team will be announced soon. Jim, K9JF, ARRL Hon. Vice-President and Hans, PB2T, IARU R1 secretary will add to the party.

The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, has informed the team that the LoTW and the other ARRL structures are being put into place to receive this new DXCC country contacts.
Already, "Republic of Kosovo" is listed in the DXCC Challenge pages.
ClubLog will be used for this activation, while QSLs will go via OH2BH.



January 29th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

EI100MCV is the call sign that has been issued by ComReg to the Maritime Museum Radio Club in Dúnlaoghaire, Ireland, for the year 2018.

The call sign which includes the letters of the original call sign ‘MCV’of the RMS Leinster is to commemorate the Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918 just a month before the end of World War 1. This was, and still is, the single largest loss of life in the Irish Sea with a total of 567 people lost.

The ship was torpedoed by a U Boat just 25 kilometres off the Irish coast. To add to the tragedy the U Boat involved was sunk two weeks later with the loss of all thirty six crew. All were very young with the oldest being just 27 years old.

The call sign can be used throughout the year 2018 by all members of the Maritime Museum Radio Club as well as by any other licensed EI amateur radio operator who would like to commemorate this historic centenary.
The event will be coordinated by Dave O’Connor EI6AL...